Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City National Memorial




June 12, 2024

Visit Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City National Memorial

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is dedicated to both the survivors and the lives that were lost in the tragic event that occurred on April 19, 1995.

It's free to visit and open 24 hours.

There is an adjacent museum that has an admission fee and limited hours, but we arrived to OKC upon the museum's closing, so we were unable to visit the museum.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial includes numerous symbolic areas in what was once the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Fifth Street, the Athenian Building and Oklahoma Water Resources Board

The Field of Empty Chairs pays respect to the 168 lives lost.

The Survivor Wall has plaques inscribed with the names of the over 600 survivors.  

The Survivor Tree remained standing after the attack, and is a symbol of hope and resilience. 

The gates at each end of the reflecting pool also have great significance.  One is marked 9:01, representing "the innocence before the attack," and the second gate is marked 9:03 - "the moment healing began."

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a solemn place to visit.  You can't help but roam the grounds with a heavy heart.

But it is also a place of hope and healing.

Oklahoma City National Memorial
620 N Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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